03/19/2008 05:19 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011 an obscenity. Five years now, and countless lives immiserated, maimed, extinguished. George W. Bush today puffed up his chest and declared that the incalculable horror, the sustained anguish, the terrible sin that is the war he started in Iraq, "will be discussed by military historians for many years." He's right about that.

Military historians discuss a lot of pointless slaughters and social catastrophes created by men with weapons, and directed by men who fancy themselves as God.

War is not "an issue."

War is an obscenity.